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Hey guys, my brother is looking at getting a Mac Book Pro, and the 13" comes with the Intel HD Graphics 3000. How do these things perform? He's not looking to game hard or anything. I know when I got my macbook it came with a GeForce 320M 256MB. Anyone know how these new models of MBP and their cards will compare?
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Hey guys, my brother is looking at getting a Mac Book Pro, and the 13" comes with the Intel HD Graphics 3000. How do these things perform? He's not looking to game hard or anything. I know when I got my macbook it came with a GeForce 320M 256MB. Anyone know how these new models of MBP and their cards will compare?


Intel HD Graphics 3000 will perform OK.  Intel markets it for 'mainstream gaming'.  That is, it is not for heavy duty gaming.  As you brother is not going to game hard, it will be sufficient.  Generally, it is a small downgrade from your Geforce 320M as Intel wants to it to consume less power in order to further prolong the battery life for the MBP.

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I just got a Asus laptop with Intel 3000HD graphics and it runs fine. I sometimes fire up torchlight and left for dead 2 works also. I am playing these at 1366x768 though. If I do play a game though, it does get hot and it also sucks the battery life outta it. If I am just using it for school I get about 6hours worth of life from it.
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I have a Samsung 9 with the 3000 and I could pull 14 frames average in Star wars: The Old Republic with everything absolutely minimal. Its not too shabby but don't expect newer games to run anywhere above medium at best.
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